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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM UD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
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- Impressive focal range.Diagonal Angle of View 34° - 8° 15'
- Travel friendly size, packs small and stays small with a manual lock switch on side of barrel. Note: lens can only be locked at 70mm range as it is for travel only. Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
- Focus Adjustment Type - lens extension via inner focusing focus cam, plus floating mechanism.Closest Focusing Distance: 1.2m/ 3.9ft
- Note that when the inner lens is fully extended (300mm) it's approximately 8.25" in overall length. The 5.6" measurement is at the 70mm range when lens is closed/locked.
- Suitable for Nature/ landscape/ sports/ travel photography
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-73B|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 3.5 x 5.63 inches|
|Item Weight||2.31 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.20 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||19|
|Number of Groups||14|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||34 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||3.3 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||58 millimeters||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||58 millimeters||67 millimeters|
Ultra-high quality and lightning fast Canon L series lens Optical Image Stabilization System increases usability by approximately four stops The lens features a function that prevents erroneous operation when the lens is mounted on a tripod or monopod The EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM incorporates a floating focusing mechanism for sharpness from 3.9' (1.2m) to infinity Two Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration The lens accepts an optional removable tripod collar, and is dust and water resistant The Fluorine coating keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum
From the Manufacturer
Designed to deliver ultra-high quality images along with lightning fast operation, the new Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM telephoto zoom lens brings a favorite zoom range to the celebrated Canon L-series of lenses. It features two Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration, incorporates a floating focusing mechanism for sharpness from close up to infinity, plus an IS system that increases usability by approximately four stops. The EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM features a function that prevents erroneous operation when the lens is mounted on a tripod or monopod. Gleaming white, with a removable tripod collar, dust and water resistant construction, and a newly developed Fluorine coating that keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum, its phenomenal performance and flexibility is assured. For portraiture or to bring what's far away up close, this addition to the L-series is guaranteed to perform.
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
- Diagonal Angle of View: 34' - 8° 15'
- Focus Adjustment: Lens extension via inner focusing and focus cam plus floating mechanism
- Closest Focusing Distance: 1.2m/ 3.9ft
- Drive System: Ring USM
- Filter Size: 67 mm dia., P=0.75 mm /1 filter
- Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.5 x 5.6 in, 2.31 lbs. / 89 x 143mm, 1050g
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What makes this lens a winner for me is consistency, from start to finish. My initial results, simply using the DSLR's familiar 'green box' were quite pleasing. This setting lets you simply twist to zoom in and compose your frame and click. Nice! This was great for concentrating on some gorillas who were a bit camera shy. We visited the zoo for three days straight and this carry along didn't get in the way. It performed admirably each time called upon. Especially enjoyable was the long reach to capture a cheetah in repose, five lion cubs at feeding time, some gorillas, and even some close in shots of the gorgeous flora displays. Using servo mode autofocus, I was able to pull in some very clear shots of the zoo's steam locomotive train. Image stabilization was on for all photos and was doing its job well.
The Canon 70-300mm L lens is definitely a heavy lens after you have been carrying it around for a while, and you have to expect that. The tradeoff, though, is that you have quite a wide range of zoom to pull in far away subjects, like cheetah or the lions close in, just beyond the glass enclosure. Overall, it was manageable, but must be supported by your arm rather than left to hang off your neck!
I especially liked being able to easily stow the combination 70-300 and 5dMII straight into my shoulder bag while still having room for a 135mm F2.0 L lens which I brought along for special effects. The 135 is one definite speciality lens for when you need more than a quick snap.
The bottom line takeaway:
a. This is a great general purpose zoom you can rely upon. Consider this lens if you need high quality images AND lens build quality, reliability, longevity, and overall value. This a "permanent collection" quality lens. Expect considerable utility and performance for years to come. I only dropped one of these tank bodies once on concrete. I can only say don't ever do that if you can help it, but if you do, it will probably just work like always. mine did. That is probably why they are built this way. Built to last, in my opinion.
b. This zoom range is a long time standard, and it works very well on a full frame DSLR. Canon's choice of optics and coatings for this lens captures details and color "with punch" (especially on an over cast day). Out of focus backgrounds were pleasing. Image quality was very good to high. It lived up to all of it's advertising claims.
c. Expect premium results with this lens when pared with a premium dslr. That said, it was not the ultimate choice for every situation or condition. Provisioning for that would have involved a whole bag full of lenses. But it was a great choice for three days at the zoo! Recommended for enthusiasts who are getting passionate about their hobby as well as pros who depend upon their equipment.